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Test to Stay – Keeping students in school instead of quarantine

October 29, 2021

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Given the burden that quarantine can have on K-12 students and families, South Glens Falls Central School District – in conjunction with Saratoga County Public Health Services (SCPHS) – will be conducting a pilot program, “Test to Stay.”  

What does test to stay mean? 

If a child has been in contact with a positive student, in lieu of putting quarantined students at home for ten days, test to stay allows students to stay in school as long as they have no symptoms and test negative daily with parent permission. 

How will this work for our students?

Normal contact tracing will take place. Administrators and nurses will contact families of students who are considered in close contact. The family can agree to have them tested daily in school as an alternative to having to quarantine during school hours. Students would arrive at school and report directly to the nurse’s office for testing. A negative test will keep students in school. If a student tests positive, the parent and/or guardian will be required to pick up their child and quarantine their student. 

Who is eligible for this?

All K-12th grade students that would be placed in quarantine because of a classroom or transportation setting exposure, with the exception of family members in the same household, are eligible. Siblings of a positive student will need to quarantine and will be eligible for remote learning.

I truly believe that it is in the best interest of students and families to have our students in the buildings as much as possible. This program will allow for that. As always, parents have the right to quarantine instead of test, but we want to make this option available to release the burden of quarantine of our students.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through all processes this year. We hope that this partnership with Saratoga County will keep our students in the school.  

Sincerely,

Kristine Orr

Superintendent of Schools

 

To see Saratoga County government’s official statement on the Test to Stay pilot program click here.

Summary of Saratoga County Eligibility

Eligibility: To receive a modified quarantine order that allows in-person instruction, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and under a quarantine order issued by SCPHS.
  • His/her exposure(s) occurred during instruction at school or during bus transportation to or from instruction. Students whose exposures occurred outside of school instruction or bus transportation to or from instruction are not eligible during the pilot. 
    • Students with household exposures (e.g. siblings) are not eligible for the protocol.
  • The infected student and the exposed student must have consistently and correctly worn well-fitting masks during the exposure.
  • Not be associated with a cluster or outbreak, as determined by SCPHS.
  • Have not developed any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at any time since their exposure.
    • Parents of participating students whose household contacts have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should not send their child to school and instead contact the school nurse. 
  • Correctly wear well-fitting masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these individuals cannot be masked, they should maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals, whenever possible.  Maintaining 6 feet of distance is required when eating or drinking inside.
  • Have an FDA authorized rapid antigen test administered each school day by an appropriately trained school employee or healthcare provider and receive a negative result prior to reporting to class. On days when school is not open (e.g. weekends, holidays), testing is not required.  
    • At home tests do not qualify for this protocol.
    • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known during the school day, the child must receive a negative antigen test result before departing on a school bus.  
    • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known outside the school day, the student must receive a negative COVID-19 viral test (e.g. rapid antigen, PCR) before boarding a school bus the next school day. Parents/guardians may also choose to drive the student to school for their initial test.  
  • Has a parent/guardian who agrees to:
    • Conduct active monitoring (explicitly asking the student about signs and symptoms of COVID-19) each day before and after school.
    • Immediately contact the child’s healthcare provider and SCHPS at (518) 885-2276 if any signs or symptoms develop. 
    • Refrain from sending the participating student to school if any signs or symptoms develop in the child or anyone in the home.
    • Promptly pick up their child from school, should they test positive or develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during school instruction. 
    • Keep the student at the location specified in their quarantine order when not attending in-school instruction.

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